A joint task force of the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar has released its 2016 report on what the legal profession can do to keep pace with society, technology, and a changing judicial system.
The task force is co-chaired by Thompson Coburn partner Bill Bay and the Hon. Paul C. Wilson of the Missouri Supreme Court. “As the society we serve changes … the legal profession must consciously reassess whether the rules, procedures, traditions and habits that have been developed over so many years continue to serve these core principles efficiently and effectively,” the co-chairs wrote in their introduction to the report.
Task force members, which included dozens of attorneys and judges from across the state, were appointed in 2015 and organized into subcommittees focusing on the future of the profession from four discrete perspectives:
The resulting report, which makes a number of recommendations “designed to help lawyers better address the challenges and opportunities ahead,” is available at a special website created by The Missouri Bar: https://future.mobar.org.
Below are a few recommendation highlights from the report:
Special thanks to additional Thompson Coburn Task Force members Kim Bousquet and Michael Cole, now with Lathrop & Gage.
Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you (an â€˜engagement letterâ€™).
By clicking the â€˜ACCEPTâ€™ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and, further, even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you. Please click the â€˜ACCEPTâ€™ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.